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Albert Almora Jr. robbed Matt Adams of a home run and crushed a Cardinals fan's spirits

Newton's Third Law of Motion states that, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It is not always the case, however, that real-world examples of this law are as clear as they were in St. Louis during Tuesday night's game between the Cubs and Cardinals.
With no one on base and one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Cardinals pinch-hitter Matt Adams hit a hard fly ball deep to center field. A home run would have tied the game at two runs a piece. Instead, Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. did this:

That's a great catch, to be sure. Importantly, it helped the Cubs hang on to their lead and beat the Cardinals, 2-1. Statcast tells us that 92 percent of such batted balls have turned into home runs.

For one interested Cardinals fan, the catch represented a crushing blow to hopes of his team winning the game. Observe:

He was none too pleased to see that particular ball join the 8 percent to not clear the fence. But, as Newton discovered centuries ago, the sadness of this Cardinals fan will result in an equal and opposite level of joy in Almora: